Monday, May 5, 2014

Garden and maintenance at holiday cottage near Edinburgh

wild geranium

Another seating area in the back garden, overlooking a tree peony

Solomans seal and tulip

Front garden 5.5.2014
Soloman's seal

Tree peony buds

Back garden seating

Wild Greengage espalier

Grass cutting in the sun


 Back lawn 10.3.2014

Enclosed Back garden

                                                             Leading to 15 acre woodland, 
Lots of nesting birds, butterflies, etc.
Great for relaxing after a day in Edinburgh.

Cooking apple tree in blossom
May 2013

2 steamer chairs, croquet, B.B.Q.
Also area with Harvesters table and benches
Table, chairs, parasol (ashtray - smoking outdoors only).


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Woodland. Wild flowers. Meadow. Bluebell wood. Snowdrops

Native bluebells

Lesser celandine 

Snowdrops February

 in holiday cottage woodland lane 

Guardian 12.5.12 " whatever our age. Socio-biologists have revealed that there are powerful psychological benefits to spending time in natural environments and that the people in their tests underestimated just how invigorated, peaceful and good they would feel after something as simple as a walk in a woodland…"

Sarah Raven BBC2 8.2.2012 "
Bees and butterflies

Red Cross First Aid
Don't be tempted to eat plants and mushrooms you don't know.

Some of our meadow flowers:-
  • yellow vetch
  • self heal
  • 3 types orchid
  • orange hawkbit
  • clover
  • scarlet pimpernell

Some of ourWoodland plants:-
  • lesser celandine
  • bluebell
  • snowdrop
  • ferns
  • dog's mercury
  • lesser stitchwort
  • meadowsweet
Mushrooms:- Puffball, shaggy ink cap, dryad's saddle
mushroom identification


Many grasses, rushes.
Wild Fruits:-
raspberries,  strawberries, brambles, elderberries, gooseberries, white currant.
Wild rose, honeysuckle.
These rocks at the base of the silver birch trees were from
the old Donibristle aerodrome runway near Hillend, Fife.
The moss and trees have grown over them in the last few decades
and they form the link from the back Orchid meadow to the upper campers' meadow pitches.
The deer regularly use this route.